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Journey Information

There is one daily bus from San Jose to Santa Barbara. Traveling by bus from San Jose to Santa Barbara usually takes around 5 hours and 37 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 25 minutes.

Distance236 mi (380 km)
Shortest duration5h 25m
Cheapest price$21.79
Trips per day1
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines1

How much is a bus ticket from San Jose to Santa Barbara?

The average bus ticket price from San Jose to Santa Barbara is C$22.19. That price is based on the daily average cost for all bus trips from San Jose to Santa Barbara in the last 30 days. Any tickets cheaper than C$22.19 can be considered a great deal. You are very likely to find a bus ticket at this price or lower if you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Monthly average prices


If you are trying to decide when to travel from San Jose to Santa Barbara by bus so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for August. That’s when the average price for a bus ticket is expected to be just C$42 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from San Jose to Santa Barbara in December, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$58 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches


The best way to find cheap bus tickets from San Jose to Santa Barbara is by booking your trip as early as possible, as most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. That’s why you should book at least 10 days in advance. By doing so, you could save C$3.63 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from San Jose to Santa Barbara?

There is one bus company that operates from San Jose to Santa Barbara. FlixBus US is the only company to provide bus transportation at the moment. It only operates one bus trip per day, which really narrows down the options.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US15h 38m$35.35

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from San Jose to Santa Barbara during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 5 hours and 37 minutes to cover the 236 miles (380 kilometers) from San Jose, CA to Santa Barbara, CA. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 25 minutes. The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Santa Barbara. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave San Jose?

There is usually only one bus per day from San Jose to Santa Barbara. It leaves the station in San Jose at 11:00am each day. The time might vary for specific dates, so be sure to search on Wanderu for the most up-to-date information.

How many buses are there each day?

There is usually only one bus per day from San Jose to Santa Barbara. Fortunately, this happens to be a direct bus, meaning that you do not have to get on a different bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from San Jose to Santa Barbara; ticket prices start at $54.49.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in San Jose?

Departure stations

Most buses depart from the main station in San Jose.

Where does the bus arrive in Santa Barbara?

Arrival stations

All buses from San Jose arrive at one main station in Santa Barbara.

Need a return trip from Santa Barbara to San Jose?

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